Tuesday, March 6, 2012

At Home: Meatloaf Shepherd's Pie

One classic recipe that Keith makes is meatloaf.  The original recipe is from his father, but he has tweaked it to use ground turkey instead of equal parts of ground beef and ground pork.  The unique thing is the final presentation of the meatloaf that Keith's family has introduced me to.  It is their own twist on a shepherd's pie and I'd like to feature it here on What Micky Eats...At Home.

There are a couple elements to this dish, so we'll start with the two main components.

Turkey Meatloaf
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small onion shredded
  • 1 teasp garlic powder
  • 1 teasp of herb seasoning (rosemary, thyme, parsley flakes)
  • dash of salt & pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 390 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix everything together. If it's too dry - add some milk and mix again; if too wet - add more bread crumbs.
- Form into a loaf shape and bake 30 to 40 minutes until outside is browned and center is cooked firm.

While the meatloaf is baking, prepare mashed potatoes and corn.  Keith also makes his simple mashed potatoes from scratch.

Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
- Peel potatoes and cut into chunks. (The smaller the pieces, the less time required to boil).
- Boil in salted water until soft.
- Drain and smash the potatoes by hand.
- Mix in the butter and milk with a hand mixer or large wooden spoon until smooth.
- Add more milk as needed to get the right smooth consistency.
- Add salt & pepper to taste.

Meatloaf Shepherd's Pie
  • meatloaf
  • mashed potatoes
  • corn
  • ketchup
- Once the meatloaf has rested, slice and top with a layer of mashed potatoes.
- Top that with cooked corn (we just used canned whole kernel corn).
- Finally, top with ketchup.

The presentation is reminiscent of a shepherd's pie, which is cooked ground meat topped with peas or corn and mashed potatoes and then baked. This is the only way Keith's family eats their meatloaf and it is strangely quite tasty. I thought it was really weird at first, but have grown to like it.  Try it out for yourself!

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